What is a sparkle pony?

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What is a sparkle pony?

Postby darkfred62 » Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:57 am

Ok I'm new,

What is the definition of a "Sparkle Pony"? Just curious. I'm thinking it is like someone who dresses up to draw attention to themselves , but does not participate or help out. Typical Eye Candy person.
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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby Savannah » Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:02 am

SPARKLE PONY, –NOUN, One of the Burner Principles is Radical Self-Reliance. Everyone at a Burn event is expected to bring everything they need to survive for the duration of the event — food, clothes, water and shelter. Yet this principle overlaps with another — the gift economy, where Burners share what they have with those that need. Of course there are those who take advantage of this by coming to the event poorly prepared.

A sparkle pony is a Burner who is under-prepared for basic survival but still managed to pack 2 suitcases full of fabulous outfits. He or she expects the community to take up the slack because they’re just so wonderful and drama inevitably follows when expectations are not met.

Although the word dates back to at least 2008, it was popularized by the Sparkle Pony Corral, a theme camp present in Black Rock City from 2009-2010. Frustrated participants could drop off their camp’s sparkle ponies at the corral where they would be fed, watered, and have their egos stroked by “certifiable experts.” Sparkle ponies received much-needed attention while campmates received a much-needed break.

See also: Tourist.


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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby darkfred62 » Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:09 am

Thank you! My curiosity on this subject is sated.
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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby Dr. Pyro » Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:05 pm

My attitude has always been if you have to ask what a sparkle pony is, then likely you may already be one.
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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby poplopo » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:00 pm

...or you've just never happened to hear the term before..
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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby illy dilly » Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:34 pm

I'd also like to state, that being a "Sparkle Pony" is not permanent!

Some people will go through phases of Sparkle Pony while on playa. They may get a lack of sleep and turn into a Sparkle Pony for a few hours.

I think we should let the Burning Lexicon guy know that his project was just used to help educate! Now if I can just find his thread!
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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby kitoconnell » Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:42 pm

Thanks. I am always happy when the lexicon is of use to others, and I licensed it under the creative commons for precisely this reason.
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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby capjbadger » Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:08 pm

poplopo wrote:...or you've just never happened to hear the term before..

Here ya go:
http://tinyurl.com/4x6jwcs

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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby thirt33n » Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:28 am

illy dilly wrote: phases of Sparkle Pony

:lol: :lol:
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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby pizzamancer » Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:07 am

If you ever hear someone say they have 50 outfits and didn't have room for water, they are a Sparkle Pony, also they look like this:

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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby poplopo » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:47 pm

capjbadger wrote:
poplopo wrote:...or you've just never happened to hear the term before..

Here ya go:
http://tinyurl.com/4x6jwcs

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If I were the OP, that would make more sense. ;)
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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby poplopo » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:56 pm

EDIT: Post above mine was deleted, this post is now null and void
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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:27 pm

pizzamancer wrote:If you ever hear someone say they have 50 outfits and didn't have room for water, they are a Sparkle Pony, also they look like this:

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moth to a flame, moth to a flame....i cannot resist the sparkly allure of sequined pasties and ugg boots...
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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:41 pm

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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby LoveCreatesLove » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:46 pm

here are 21 sparkle ponies
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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby Bob » Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:18 am

Welcome to the eplaya. Feel free to introduce yourself in the appropriate forum.
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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby DrYes » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:42 am

LoveCreatesLove wrote:here are 21 sparkle ponies
sparkle ponies and cart 7.jpg


I loved that art car! A bunch of us rode it around one afternoon screaming about sparkleponies and accosting strangers for e and water.

Then the art car pulled into its home camp - ride over. Its home camp appeared to be Anonymous Camp (ie sober camp). We laughed.
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Re: What is a sparkle pony?

Postby Savannah » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:10 am

DrYes wrote:
LoveCreatesLove wrote:here are 21 sparkle ponies
sparkle ponies and cart 7.jpg


I loved that art car! A bunch of us rode it around one afternoon screaming about sparkleponies and accosting strangers for e and water.

Then the art car pulled into its home camp - ride over. Its home camp appeared to be Anonymous Camp (ie sober camp). We laughed.


That's gorgeous. :lol:
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